Updated as of September 13, 2018
Mr. Matthew Lee, Jr., Chair
Matthew Lee, Jr., serves as the Chair of the Partners of the Americas Foundation Board. Mr. Lee is a long-time Partners member, dating back to 1989. He has served as President, Vice President, Treasurer and Board Member of the Georgia Partners for multiple terms. Mr. Lee is a member of Partners of the Americas/Kellogg Fellowship in International Development Group VIII, has served on the International Board of Directors and contributes to the organization at the Ambassador Level. Professionally, Mr. Lee was a Solutions & Services Executive and the resident Healthcare Specialist in the Atlanta area for the Xerox Corporation's Southeast Operation. During his time at Xerox, Mr. Lee earned numerous President's Club and Top Performer awards. He retired after a 32 1/2 year career with Xerox Corporation. Mr. Lee attended the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling the globe, volunteering, and staying fit.
Dr. Paula Laschober, Treasurer (Washington Chapter)
Dr. Paula Laschober serves as the Treasurer for both the International Board of Directors and the Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Laschober has been a member of the Washington chapter of Partners of the Americas since 1989. She currently serves as the Chair of the Education and Social Development Committee and is an Executive Director. She has served in a variety of roles within the chapter since 1989 including the Chair of the Economic Development Committee, Vice President and President. She has also served on the
Partners’ Interamerican Board of Directors and has attended more than ten annual international conventions since 1993. Previously, Dr. Laschober received the Kellogg International Fellowship in Community Development and has held the position of Chair of the Education and Social Development Committee.
Mr. Stephen Murphy
Mr. Harry E. Wing (Peru Chapter)
Harry Wing is the Chair for the International Board of Directors. He has been a member of a Partners chapter for 13 years, first with Antioquia-Massachusetts for two years and now for 11 years with Peru-Texas. Mr. Wing has served as Treasurer, Vice President, and now President of Peru Partners. He has also served as Vice Chair of the International Board of Directors of Partners since 2013. Mr. Wing brings over 50 years of development experience in the United States and Latin America, acting as a USAID agricultural economist for 28 years in LAC and an agricultural specialist with the Food and Agriculture Organization in the Dominican Republic. Previously, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, working as a business advisor to credit unions, artisan associations, and agricultural cooperatives. Mr. Wing received a BA in economics from DePauw University at Greencastle and an MS in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Mr. Erik Brand
Erik Brand has previously served as the Treasurer for the Foundation Board of Directors at Partners of the Americas. He currently publishes the Latin America Advisor at the Inter-American Dialogue and directs the Corporate Program. He previously worked at the International Advisory Group, a publishing and public affairs firm in New York City. Earlier in his career, Brand worked at the Advisory Board Company in Washington and, briefly, for the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress. He graduated with a double major, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Wheaton College and has undertaken master's degree coursework in international management and public affairs at the University of Maryland and the University of Minnesota.
Ms. Karen Graham
Mr. John McPhail, President and CEO
With over two decades of experience in organizational leadership, John is a seasoned expert in partnership building, strategic planning, and stakeholder engagement. He is passionate about community development in Latin America and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador. After his service, he remained in the country for a total of over fifteen years, marrying a Salvadoran doctor and raising their three daughters.
John brings significant experience as a country director for international nonprofits including Save the Children, World Vision, and Project Concern International. He has held leadership positions on the Boards of numerous local nonprofits and associations in El Salvador, providing operational and strategic direction. He coordinated or co-coordinated multiple national and regional networks in Central America in health, water & sanitation, and agriculture/food security. John received a BS in Civil Engineering from MIT and a Master's in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign. He is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of French.
John enjoys listening to music, playing volleyball and frisbee, and spending time with his family.